October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Activity Room at the West Texas National Bank at 101 E Avenue E in Alpine, TX. (Park in the 5th Street parking lot.) NOTE NEW DAY, DATE, TIME AND LOCATION!!!!

Program: “Finding Writing Inspiration” presented by Pam Breithaupt (Scroll below for more information and a pre-meeting writing inspiration.)

Photo Writing Prompts: NEW! Members’ Photos (See description below)

Light Refreshments

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee:
Texas Mountain Trail Writers are off to a great start for 2017-18!

After a fun opening meeting in September of game playing and reorganization, the group welcomed several new faces. We greeted Robbie Burns as our new treasurer, and Jerri Garza as the creative one handling the monthly Photo Writing Prompts this year in an innovative way.

“Finding Writing Inspiration” is the exciting October meeting topic presented by Pam Breithaupt. Audience participation will be welcomed, and we will be in the Activity Room of the West Texas National Bank at 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 28.

Refreshment goblin host of the evening is David Seals. Stories you write from the monthly Pictorial Prompts will be read for all to enjoy if you wish, and saved for inclusion in the annual Chaos West of the Pecos journal.

Many things have changed this year, and we feel a freshening along with the blowing away of autumn leaves. Come join us for a night of writing pleasure.

Reba Cross Seals, Steering Committee of TMTW

TMTW September Meeting Program: “Finding Writing Inspiration”

from Pam Breithaupt

I plan to borrow a number of suggestions from a book by Fred White: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?

Here’s an idea from the book that you might want to try between now and October 28.

“Grab a pocket notebook and stroll through your house, room by room. Jot down two ideas, one for fiction, the other for nonfiction, relating to the history of each object you encounter. Here are a few examples:

Object – lamp. Nonfiction idea – origin of electric table lamps. Fiction idea – family history from point of view of heirloom lamp.

Object – fireplace. Nonfiction idea – how people kept warm before gas heat. Fiction idea – would-be burglar gets stuck in fireplace.

Object – closet. Nonfiction idea – closet memorabilia from childhood.

Fiction idea – love letters reveal a relative’s secret past.”

Looking forward to the 28th. Pam B.

Photo Writing Prompts NEW! for 2017 – Members’ Photos

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompt by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza.  Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.

Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at .  Jerri will then send four selections to Kip for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please give your images a title and have images ready for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images.  Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts.  It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting.  You can choose to write about one, several, or all images.  If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you.  You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos.  Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration.  Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

October’s four photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them:


Night Time


Time on a Rock

The Writers League of Texas is coming to Alpine!

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

The Writers League of Texas is coming to Alpine on Nov. 11 to the Alpine Public Library!

Mark your calendars and save that date now! This is a big coup for our area. For many years the WLT held a writers’ workshop at Sul Ross with about six well-known published authors teaching all-day classes for a week. This past summer it was not held, and many of us missed the professional guidance from the great people at WLT.

Now Becka Oliver, director and long-time friend, is bringing a one-day workshop to our area next month. WLT is dedicated to helping writers in the far reaches of our state. Here is the link for details: http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/TexasWritesAlpine

I personally have heard Donna Johnson twice and she is good. I’ve read her book, Holy Ghost Girl, and it really holds your attention. Great reading.

I do not know Meg Gardiner personally, but admire her books. She is a big-time mystery writer and I’m looking forward to hearing her!

Nimrod International Journal Call for Submissions

Greetings! I’m writing to invite the members of your writing group to submit work for Nimrod International Journal’s Spring/Summer 2018 thematic issue, Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts. Please find the information on this special issue in the link below. Postmark deadline is November 5, 2017.

Nimrod is a biannual literary journal published at The University of Tulsa. For more information about us, please visit our website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this issue, and to make copies of the call for submissions if needed.

I hope to see submissions from your writing group members soon!


Cassidy McCants
Associate Editor

Upcoming Kahini Gatherings

Workshop info and registration will open soon for the 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat! Dates are set for 23-25 February: please stay tuned! Also upcoming in Aotearoa in October: a workshop in journaling to support creative process with Helen Lehndorf.

Pam Houston and Kim Addonizio teach at the second-annual Maui Writers’ Retreat in Lahaina this upcoming January 14-20. Learn more here, or book your space.

More about Kahini’s upcoming writing events are available at www.kahini.org or by contacting .

Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

Membership in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers can help you grow as a writer, whether you write purely for fun or for a living. AND we accept dues payments online at our website! For more information, click here.

Final Note from the Editor:

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